Travel Alerts

Big Sur and the Central Coast have experienced a winter that has severely affected the destination in several ways. Many of our neighbors are feeling firsthand the effects of the weather and we first and foremost are concerned and send our thoughts for their safety and well-being. The safety of visitors during a crisis is a top priority for the MCCVB, and we are diligently working to spread the messages from state and local agencies as they provide updates.

As of Tuesday, March 14, 2017 the county has cleared the roadway and reopened the northern section of Highway 1, giving access from the Monterey Peninsula into Big Sur. Travelers can explore and visit the northern section of Highway 1 from the Monterey Peninsula. Hotels, restaurants and shops north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (including Big Sur Village) are open for business and welcoming guests! Visitors are able to access Big Sur and the coastline all the way until the Big Sur Ranger Station. Travelers can stop at their favorite spots for a bite to eat and enjoy a sunset that’s unforgettable.

As of Monday, March 20, 2017 visitors are able to access a portion of the southern section of Big Sur via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road from Highway 101 from Limekiln State Park to Gorda. Visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when driving along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road as it is narrow and very windy and should only be traveled during daylight hours.

Please note, until further notice there is a hard closure of Highway 1 at the Big Sur Ranger Station before Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Click here for tips on "Exploring Big Sur from Monterey." The timing for the rebuilding of the bridge and reopening the road is changing and the timeframe is still being determined. Big Sur businesses north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge are open and accessible, but there is no through route available.

Road Closures

  • Highway 1 in Big Sur
    • Closed at Big Sur Ranger Station before Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Motorists must not get within 100 feet of either side of the bridge.
    • The last turnaround is at Big Sur Ranger Station. Due to potential traffic, we encourage visitors to turn around after reaching their destinations.
  • Please visit QuickMaps for updates http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

Please check the CalTrans website and the Monterey County Public Works website for the latest road closures

Turn Around Locations

For visitors planning to travel to Big Sur, we encourage you to stay alert and be mindful and respectful to those CHP, Caltrans and other public service and safety workers who are continuing to restore the destination after the winter weather impacts. Please use turnouts, legal parking areas and pull over when appropriate.

  • Guests traveling in a large bus or RV are able to turn around at Big Sur Campground & Cabins or Fernwood Resort.
  • The MCCVB encourages visitors to help reduce any traffic congestion by avoiding traveling south from their destination. The furthest south visitors will be able to access is Big Sur Ranger Station where they will turned around and directed north.

Travel Tips

Visitors from Northern California and the Monterey Peninsula can take Highway 1 south all the way to Big Sur until the Big Sur Ranger Station just before the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. At that point, visitors will be turned around to take Highway 1 north to Highway 68 where they will be able to access Highway 101 to drive south to Los Angeles.

Below are few great things to see and do on the Highway 101 detour:

Helpful travel planning documents:

While businesses in the northern section of Big Sur are open and some businesses are open in the southern section of Big Sur, we encourage visitors to call ahead to ensure a smooth arrival experience. Most businesses south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge remain closed for the time being, as Highway 1 remains closed from the south while road work continues.

Exploring the southern part of Big Sur

For visitors looking to camp or access a portion of the southern section of Big Sur, Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is open and accessible from Highway 101. Visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when driving along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road as it is narrow and very windy and should only be traveled during daylight hours.. While the road is paved and maintained, RVs and heavy vehicles are not recommended. It is also a remote road with no cell service, gas stations or other public services.  

A limited number of businesses and attractions are open along the southern portion of Highway 1. Most businesses south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge remain closed until later this spring/summer.

Open businesses and parks include but are not limited to:

  • Local Campgrounds (guests must bring their own food and water as there are no restaurants on the campground properties)
  • Treebones Resort
  • Sand Dollar Beach
  • Mill Creek Day Use Area
  • Willow Creek Day Use Area
  • Post Ranch Inn
  • Nepenthe

If you are in the area and have any questions on the closures, please visit our Monterey Visitors Center at Lake El Estero Park.

Park Conditions

Please note the current conditions for Monterey County Parks:

  • Garrapata State Park: Lands west of Highway 1 are open, with the exception of Gates 8 and 9
  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is open
  • Point Sur Light Station Historic State Park is open
  • Limekiln State Park is open
  • Sand Dollar Beach is open
  • Toro Park is open, but marked bike trails are closed as they are unsafe for the public to use at this time. For updates please click here.
  • Elkhorn Road is closed SOUTH of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Click here to plan your alternate route.
  • Andrew Molera State Park is closed until further notice
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is closed until further notice
  • Limekiln State Park is open
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is closed until further notice, including Buzzard’s Roost Trail
  • Please click the links below for updates

For more information and updates on current conditions, please call the California State Parks Big Sur Sector Office at (831) 667-1112 or the Big Sur Station at (831) 667-2315. Check the CalTrans website for up-to-date road conditions on Highway 1.

Big Sur International Marathon Travel Alerts

Travel information for Big Sur Hotel Guests During Marathon Weekend

Click here for a list of transportation and road information during race weekend- April 28-30, 2017.

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